Last Friday, University of Texas sophomore guard Myck Kabongo made it clear that he would be leaving his school and declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft. This announcement was made after a sophomore campaign where he spent more time on the bench than on the court, serving a 23-game suspension for failing to provide full and complete information to the NCAA when asked as the Association attempted to determine whether Kabongo received impermissible benefits from a basketball agent, Rich Paul.
Earlier today, ESPN's NBA sportswriter, Chris Broussard, tweeted that Kabongo has chosen an agent to represent him leading up to the NBA Draft, and that agent is none other than Rich Paul.
Texas' Myck Kabongo signs w/Rich Paul's Klutch Sports, sources say. Kabongo - 14p, 5a, 5r - seen as 1R pick, range is late lotto to early 2R
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) April 16, 2013
Paul, who was once a part of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), left the company last year to set up his own firm. He is now the owner of Klutch Sports Group and represents many talented NBA players, including LeBron James (Miami Heat), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kevin Seraphin (Washington Wizards), Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers) and Cory Joseph (San Antonio Spurs). Kabongo is likely to become Paul's sixth NBA client, as DraftExpress.com, a reputable professional scouting service, projects the guard to be a mid-second round pick in the upcoming Draft.
While Paul still has some waiting to do before he finds out whether Kabongo is drafted and becomes his sixth NBA client, it has already been established that Kabongo is the third former Longhorns player to sign a representation agreement with the agent. Thompson and Joseph are the other two who have worn burnt orange on the court.
The NCAA originally questioned Kabongo's relationship with Paul when it uncovered a trip taken by Kabongo to workout with professional basketball trainer, Jerry Powell. Part of the NCAA's investigation centered on who paid Kabongo's travel accommodations for the trip. That led to people wondering whether Kabongo was promised and/or provided financial benefits and the source of same.
Further outlining an established association between Paul and Kabongo, Pat Forde and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Paul had called several NBA front-office executives after Kabongo's freshman season to gauge the interest of the teams those executives represent.
Cleveland, Ohio-based NBPA certified agent Mark Termini will also be involved in the representation of Kabongo.
Darren Heitner is a Partner at Wolfe Law Miami, P.A. in Miami, Florida, Founder of Sports Agent Blog, and Adjunct Professor of Sport Agency Management at Indiana University. Follow him at @DarrenHeitner and learn more about him at http://www.darrenheitner.com.